HIPEC is a state-of-the-art procedure for treating cancers that have spread to the abdomen. In the past, patients with advanced cancers have had few medical alternatives. Today, HIPEC offers a new treatment option – even for people who have been told that they have no options.
What is HIPEC procedure?
During the HIPEC procedure, the surgeon will continuously circulate a heated sterile solution–containing a chemotherapeutic agent–throughout the peritoneal cavity, for a maximum of two hours. The HIPEC procedure is designed to attempt to kill any remaining cancer cells.
The procedure also improves drug absorption and effect with minimal exposure to the rest of the body. In this way, the normal side effects of chemotherapy can be avoided.
Recovery can take several weeks. In addition to follow-up visits, patients undergo periodic blood tests and radiographic imaging to check for signs of the disease.
Cytoreductive surgery, followed by HIPEC, is most safely performed by experienced cancer specialists at high-volume cancer centers such as ours.
What cancers are treated with HIPEC?
|AppendixColonFallopian tubesOvaries||Peritoneal carcinomatosisPeritoneal mesotheliomaRectumStomach|
What are the benefits of HIPEC?
- Higher concentrations of chemotherapy can be administered directly to the area where the cancer has spread.
- Heated chemotherapy drugs are more effective at penetrating and killing malignant cells that have spread beyond the original tumor site or sites.
- Patients experience fewer chemotherapy-related side effects because the drugs are contained within the abdominal cavity and are only minimally absorbed into the system.
Where to go?
Treatment of peritoneal cancer patients, and in particular treatment with HIPEC, is complex and requires a dedicated, experienced multi-disciplinary team.
Treatment for peritoneal cancer should be offered only at institutions like us with sufficient knowledge and skills to achieve optimal surgical results as well as safe administration of intraperitoneal chemotherapy.
These treatments are typically performed in dedicated hospitals like ours with vast experience in the treatment of abdominal cancer.